Takeaways from Strategies for Success

With more than 100 summer associates and young attorneys at this year's Strategies for Success Summer Associates Diversity & Inclusion Luncheon, BBA Week was eager to get reactions. We caught up with Elmer Peter Alvarez (BU School of Law 2014) who just finished up a clerkship at the City of Boston Law Department and is a legal intern at Kids in Need of Defense this summer and Jose Lopez (Suffolk Law 2014), Summer Associate at Adler Pollack & Sheehan to see what they had to say.

Why did you attend this program?

Elmer: Even though I grew up on Dorchester, I am still familiarizing myself with the Boston legal community. I thought this event was a great way to immerse myself into the BBA programming and establish relationships with BBA members.


Jose: I have observed that the Boston Bar Association has a reputation for cultivating and supporting Boston’s legal community.  As a first year summer associate I trusted that the Strategies for Success event would provide me with practical advice on adding value to my employer, and cultivating professional relationships that may guide me to a successful career as a lawyer. 

What did you take away from the program?

Elmer: I took away three main things. 1) Seek out and maintain mentor relationships. 2) A legal career is a marathon, not a sprint, and 3) Always ask questions and seek feedback on assignments.

Jose: There were three distinct quotes that remained with me after the program.  1) “A profession in the law is a marathon, not a sprint.”  This statement spoke volumes to me as I thought about my long term goals as an aspiring attorney.  The demands of a summer associate are high, and the work is rigorous; however, keeping in mind that I am only at mile marker two keeps things in perspective.  
2) “It begins with your work.”  In the rush of concurrently running projects with varying degrees of complexities, I take time to make sure each is thoroughly completed with the same amount of professionalism, and it was reassuring to hear successful practitioners place value in that. 
3) “You want them to cut a cake.”  While I do not necessarily wish to celebrate my summer with a farewell cake, I understood the value in creating a professional presence that would be missed because of the value I added, and the consistent quality of my work.